The Bowachi

The Bowachi

G.W. Strong[signed]
ca. 1915
13.80x
8.70cm

One of Moorli Dhur's series on Indian domestic staff shows a cook cutting a bird with a knife between his toes while smoking a hookah. Many publishers – Johnston & Hoffman in Kolkata, Higginbothams in Chennai, Thacker, Spink & Co. in Kolkata – had similar sets, which allowed colonials to send back postcards that must have amused their friends and relatives back home. This one is signed - if it is a real name - by an Englishman, published by an Indian firm, and unusually a lithograph for this late in the postcard revolution. Note the elaborate evocation of hookah smoke with some sort of grey web in the top right.

Postmarked Delhi, Nov. 9, 1927, and sent to Master DEsmond Osmond, 54 Macklein Road, Salisbury, Wills, ENgland: "3-11-27. Dear Desmond Just a line hoping yu are still keeping well. From Uncle Reg. XXXXXX."